The Master Gardeners and the Muskingum Valley Garden Society volunteers took over watering the potted plants you might have seen around downtown Zanesville after the city wasn’t able to provide seasonal workers for the job.
"It was our intention here to make the downtown community look nicer," said Darlene Turner of the Muskingum Valley Garden Society. "And the mission of the garden society is to enhance the public and also to contribute to the downtown exposure here. There’s plants here for revitalization for downtown. We’d like to make sure the public knows what we’re trying to accomplish with that project."
Volunteers water the plants every other day depending on the weather. Turner says there are about 37 plants scattered around downtown Zanesville and she expects more to be added next year.
"But the 5th Street project hopes to enhance 30 more containers for downtown for next year and the city has put in irrigation to make that happen. And we’re hoping to add irrigation to main streets well so that we will have that area covered for next year."
The gardeners help maintain other areas in the community and can always use more members. If you’re interested in meeting them, they will have a stand at the Saturday farmer’s market held at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds this Saturday until Noon. For more information you can go online to www.mvgardensociety.org